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Pedestrian Critically Injured in Suffolk County Accident

A pedestrian sustained critical injuries on the evening of Sunday, March 29 after being hit by a vehicle.

According to Suffolk County police, the accident occurred on the westbound section of the Sunrise Highway in Copiague, where the highway intersects with Decker Street. The 50-year-old man was hit in the roadway by a 2015 Nissan Altima heading west. Paramedics arrived to the scene shortly after. The vehicle had to be impounded for a safety check. The driver, a 21-year-old woman, was uninjured and not charged at the accident site, and the man had to be transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was listed as being in critical but stable condition.

Police continued to investigate the accident in the aftermath.

Liability in pedestrian accidents

All drivers are expected to carefully survey their surroundings and observe the rules of the road while behind the wheel. In the majority of circumstances, liability in pedestrian accident cases will lie with the driver. Even if the pedestrian is not crossing at a crosswalk, the driver could still be considered liable under the law if they could reasonably have slowed down or avoided the pedestrian.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident of any type caused by a negligent driver, it is critical you contact an attorney as soon as possible to begin the process of filing a personal injury claim so you can maximize your potential compensation. For more information about this process, contact an experienced attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.